Legal news from Monday, November 7, 2011
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In MBZ v. Clinton [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether the political question doctrine [Cornell LII backgrounder] deprives a federal court of jurisdiction to enforce a federal statute that [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lanka has failed to successfully investigate the issues of torture [report, PDF] and impunity for past human rights violations in the country, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Monday on the eve of a review by the UN Committee Against Torture [official website]. In its report, AI documented [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The State Tax Service of the Ukraine [official website] is reopening four cases [press release] against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive], her lawyer reported on her website on Monday. The charges allege tax evasion [RIA Novosti report] during her time as head of United [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday granted a temporary injunction to block the implementation [order, PDF] of new requirements of graphic image and textual warning labels imposed by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) [HR 1256 [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases. In Jackson v. Hobbs [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will consider whether the imposition of a life-without-parole sentence on a 14-year-old child convicted of homicide violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment [text] [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Friday sentenced a former military leader of the Basque separatist group ETA [BBC profile], Francisco Javier Garcia Gatzelu, alias Txapote, to 105 years in prison for ordering the murder of Socialist politician Fernando Buesa and his bodyguard Jorge Diez in 2000. The two men were [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A special anti-terrorist court at the Palais de Justice in Paris began proceedings on Monday in the trial of alleged terrorist "Carlos the Jackal" [BBC profile] accused of planning numerous bombings throughout France in the early 80s. Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, widely known as "Carlos the Jackal," is currently [read more]

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